Bargains on France’s Mediterranean

Bargains on France’s Mediterranean

The air is cool inside the old winemaker’s house, a welcome break from the summer sun. The house has three floors. In total there are six bedrooms, and lots of what you’d call “character”—original floor tiles, heavy wooden doors and wrought-iron finishes. It also has a small shady garden in front making it perfect for Read more...: Bargains on France’s Mediterranean

Homes in Tuscany for Under $100K

Homes in Tuscany for Under $100K

Say “Tuscany” and most folks will think of historic Florence…the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance…the glorious rolling landscapes…and the world famous cuisine. But Tuscany’s popularity has also meant that it’s often viewed as a place in Italy where only those with huge bank balances can afford to buy a dream home. But…and if you’ve been Read more...: Homes in Tuscany for Under $100K

How I Got it So Wrong on the Stock Market

How I Got it So Wrong on the Stock Market

The easiest money I ever made (and lost) was in the stock market. Here’s the story of my wild ride, and how I invest my money today… In 1999, when I was just 24-years-old and fresh out of university with a degree in finance, I found a “sure thing” investment. Ireland’s government-run telecommunications company Telecom Read more...: How I Got it So Wrong on the Stock Market

Notes from Costa Rica’s Secret Coast

Notes from Costa Rica’s Secret Coast

Last week, I spent two days scouting in northern Costa Rica, right at the border with Nicaragua. It’s unbelievably stunning. Lush, mountainous jungle spills down to a coastline of quiet bays and pristine Pacific beaches. I saw baby foxes, howler monkeys, colourful birds, and giant butterflies, all protected by a nature preserve. Everything feels neat, Read more...: Notes from Costa Rica’s Secret Coast

Bigger-Budget Historic French Homes

Bigger-Budget Historic French Homes

We all know that the housing market in the U.S. has gone crazy over the last 12 months. There has been a meteoric rise in prices…according to the National Association of Realtors, the median existing home price in September was up 13.3% from September 2020. And according to Goldman Sachs, in the next 15 months—through Read more...: Bigger-Budget Historic French Homes

In Pictures: What Makes This Zoom Boom Town Special

In Pictures: What Makes This Zoom Boom Town Special

Yesterday, I told you about Zoom Boom towns…internationalized destinations around the world that, because of the events of the last 18 or so months and the rise of remote workers, will see a surge of new renters, and renters who will stay for longer periods, even in low season. In the right location, this creates Read more...: In Pictures: What Makes This Zoom Boom Town Special

Colonial Homes for Profit and Pleasure

Colonial Homes for Profit and Pleasure

As you enjoy a coffee on your rooftop terrace in the early morning, you watch the sun slowly light up the brightly colored homes that blanket the hillside across the valley. Church bells toll. Heading down for breakfast, you pass through the interior courtyard, past the flowing fountain. As you move through your home, you Read more...: Colonial Homes for Profit and Pleasure